Downtown Dining: 10 Best Restaurants in Central Cabo San Lucas

Downtown Cabo San Lucas claims a higher concentration of great restaurants than any other area in Los Cabos. Virtually every block has at least one noteworthy eatery, with options ranging from budget-friendly taquerías (taco shops) and marisquerías (places specializing in the abundant local seafood) to fine dining establishments showcasing first-class food and service. 

As one might suppose, traditional Mexican cuisine is the focus at many of the neighborhood's top restaurants. Los Tres Gallos, a charming courtyard eatery named for three great stars of the golden age of Mexican cinema, serves up the best moles (the chocolate and chile pepper based sauces, not the small subterranean mammals) in town. María Corona offers delicious regional favorites made from Mexican revolution era recipes passed down from the owner’s grandmother. And in addition to superb regional dishes like Tamales Oaxaqueños, Pancho’s boasts what may be the world’s largest selection of premium tequilas.

The local dining scene is hardly parochial, however. Brazilian rodizio style dining draws steak lovers to Madeira Bistro, and regional Italian pastas headline the bills of fare at Invita Bistro (Roman) and Pan di Bacco (Neapolitan). Talented chef Enrique Díaz has put his own spin on Mediterranean cuisine at the perennially popular Alcaravea Gourmet, and long-time favorite Misiones de Kino was one of the first local restaurants to offer both Mexican and Italian specialty dishes.

This local's favorite offers an abundance of delicious yet budget-friendly seafood dishes, ranging from soups and ceviches to fish tacos and combo platters for two with a sampling of shrimp specialties, or the catch of the day paired with...  Read More

Family recipes, an excellent temperature-controlled wine selection, and picturesque views are the highlights at Invita Bistro, a popular Italian themed eatery located across from the town square in Cabo San Lucas. Several of co-owner and chef...  Read More

Poll locals on the best place to get tacos in Los Cabos, and Los Claros will be the consensus winner. Maybe that's why there are now six plus locations in downtown Cabo San Lucas – as well as the original in San José del Cabo – with new...  Read More

One of the premier Mexican restaurants in downtown Cabo San Lucas, Pancho's specializes in regional dishes such as Puebla-style chicken mole, Sonoran-style carne asada, and Oaxacan-style tamales wrapped in banana leaves. They also claim to have...  Read More

Pan di Bacco is a Neapolitan-style bakery, deli, restaurant, wine bar and coffee shop that opened in downtown Cabo San Lucas early in 2013. Pan di Bacco specializes in locally sourced, artisanal ingredients, and as one might imagine, the...  Read More

The latest addition to the Baja Cantina Group of restaurants opened in 2009, and specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine. All the recipes were passed down from the owner's grandmother, and hark back to the days of the Mexican Revolution. The...  Read More

Named for Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, the Jesuit mission builder who proved that Baja California was a peninsula rather than an island, Misiones de Kino was one of the first local restaurants - it opened in 1997 - to feature both Mexican and...  Read More

All-you-can-eat Brazilian "rodizio" style dining is the prime attraction at downtown steakhouse Madeira Bistro. For $28 U.S. per person, the chef will make frequent tableside stops with skewers of New York Strip, rib-eye, bbq ribs, turkey and...  Read More

Under the guidance of Chef Enrique Díaz, Alcaravea Gourmet has evolved over the past decade from a small eatery into one of the benchmark fine dining restaurants in all of Los Cabos. Guests enter through trellised vines and flowers into a...  Read More

Named for three legendary actors from the golden age of Mexican cinema - Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís were collectively known as Los Tres Gallos (The Three Roosters) - this charming and unpretentious downtown dining spot may be...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is Editor at, co-writer of Fodor’s 2015 guide to Los Cabos, and a regular contributor to Los Cabos Magazine and 10 Best/USA Today. He lives in Cabo San Lucas.

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